Greyhound

Description:
Greyhounds have a very symmetrical body structure and are magnificently proportionate. This dog has a long head and neck, a body with a lot of capability, very powerful hind legs, arched kidneys and well inclined shoulders. The ears of this dog are small, fine textured, and have the shape of a rose. Its jaws are very powerful and chiseled. Its eyes are bright, are oval shaped, arranged obliquely, and are dark and intelligent looking. The shoulders should preferably look very muscular. The front legs should be perfectly straight; its chest long and its thorax should be wide. The lumbar region of this dog should look very powerful too. The hind legs are muscular, well angled and its hocks should be low. The feet are hard and tight; they look more like a rabbit's feet. The tail of this dog is lowly inserted, long and fine, and should thin at the end and curve slightly. Its coat is short and has a firm texture to it. This dog comes in a variety of colors that include white, black, red, blue, tawny, golden, tabby or any of these combined with white. Male greyhounds weight between thirty two to thirty five kilograms and females weigh around two and a half kilograms less. The ideal height for a male is between seventy one to seventy six centimeters and females from sixty eight to seventy one centimeters.

Ideal owner:
The Greyhound is known as the racehorse of the canine world. This dog is an incredibly fast running and has an aristocratic look to it. Besides this, it is a very charming dog and can be an excellent companion for families that are willing to take on the responsibility of this breed. Greyhounds are very gentle dogs and not nervous, as has been said before. This dog is the son of the wind; it literally flies. It can run at speeds of seventy kilometers an hour. Obviously due to this factor, it needs to be in a gated property and needs to be supervised. Greyhounds that cannot serve as race dogs can be excellent family dogs for the right type of person.

Growth:
The size of this dog varies considerably at birth but in general it weighs around 500 grams or more; females are smaller than the males though. Puppies are born with a very long but proportionate tail but the dog grows into the size of its tail. Make sure to keep an eye on a puppy Greyhound to avoid it from getting lesions on its tail. This dog comes in many different colors and some might change their color with age. These dogs grow at a steady rhythm and they usually grow to their maximum height around nine months of age. Adult Greyhounds are very active and need an abundant amount of physical activity and need to blow off their steam by running. Greyhounds must be kept within their lineage and they require a very healthy diet.

General health:
Out of all the domesticated dogs, Greyhounds are definitely the most athletic and they need a lot of exercise. It is absolutely necessary for the owner of a Greyhound to have a big gated area; tall gated area that is, because these dogs also jump really high. They require a lot of running space to get exercise and be able to run around freely. This breed is in general very healthy but hip dysphasia does occur on occasions. They are also very sensitive to pharmaceuticals especially to sedatives and this has to do with the small amount of fat their bodies have. Hemophilia A has also been seen and it manifests itself with hemorrhaging. The life span of these dogs is over ten years however; the ones that race might only have a life span of seven years due to the amount of stringency racing causes to their bodies and even more so if steroids are used. The owners of this dog will also need to make sure to keep an eye on its teeth and take it to the veterinarian so it can get its teeth cleaned and to avoid bad breath. An excessive amount of teeth is also common in this breed.

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